February 16th, 2009
06:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Coleman to judges: Reconsider your ruling

 Coleman attorneys want Minnesota judges to reconsider a recent ruling.

Coleman attorneys want Minnesota judges to reconsider a recent ruling.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys Monday sent a letter to the three judges overseeing the election trial asking them to reconsider their game-changing ruling from Friday that put significant limits on the types of rejected absentee ballots they want examined.

The judges on Friday outlined about a dozen categories of ballots that should not be counted because they said those categories of ballots were not legally cast under Minnesota law. Those included ballots in which signatures didn't match, those submitted by non-registered voters or those inside a return envelope not signed by the voter.

But Coleman, who is seeking to add more rejected ballots to the recount of his November 4 race with Democrat Al Franken for a U.S. Senate seat, argued that not including all of about 4,800 ballots he wants re-examined was a matter of equal protection.

In their letter sent to the court Monday, Coleman's team is arguing that "likely thousands" of the ballots that had been sifted through during the recount process could have fallen under these now-taboo categories.

"Without a remedy, we will be faced with a widespread equal protection problem that would not only violate the law, but create Constitutional legal issues that would only delay this process further," Coleman attorney Ben Ginsberg said.

The court also ruled that absentee ballots dropped off on election day and absentee ballot applications that were not signed would not be reconsidered.

After these new guidelines defining legitimate ballots, Coleman's attorneys estimated that around 3,300 ballots might be eligible for re-examination.

There is no word on when the court could issue another order on this, if they decide to at all.

The state's hand recount completed in early January and gave Democrat Al Franken a lead of 225 votes. The trial moved into its fourth week of proceedings on Monday.

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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    It's looking increasingly unlikely that Coleman can win this. He should concede now and look like the bigger man and let Franken embarress himself and punish the people of Minnesota for picking such a rediculous person to be their senator.

    February 16, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Truman

    As a Minnesotan, I think the only way to settle this is with a "re-vote". The numbers are so badly messed up that over half the precincts now have vote totals that exceed the number of people living there. As it stands now, we'll never really know who actually had the most votes on election day.

    February 16, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Morgan

    A) Bush did steal the election with the court hammering the nail in the Gore coffin.

    B) Coleman is falling into Gore's coffin. He lost the re-count and the courts have not been in his favor.

    He should have the grace Gore had to concede so that we can move forward and have full representation for the people. Feel free to complain Franken stole this election but it's been as fair as Florida. Call us even. Although this isn't as bad as Florida.

    February 16, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Remi N.

    Why this ugly guy with a big head and a small neck wants to continue to be a senator anyway? Coleman,Big head with small neck, you lost, get over it!

    February 16, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Susan in NC

    Regardless of the winner, this contest has been a joke! How can any election in this country be so complicated? Only in a state that could elect a witch like Michelle Bachman, I guess........doesn't say much for Minnesota, does it?

    February 16, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Jayden,FL


    February 16, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. NoBama

    I used to watch Al Franken on SNL before many of the neo-dems were born. This man is not to be taken seriously. Remember Air America Radio? Is all it takes to be elected to the senate is to have a pedigree as a so so comedian and an unsuccessful radio career?

    February 16, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. peter from Orlando florida

    Way to go Coleman! spend all your money on this no win game because after you conceded the lost, you will be just leave without any penny to pay to fo your attorney in criminal case.

    February 16, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Matthew in Oregon

    Wasn't this the guy that said that, if were in Franken's position, he wouldn't even ask for a recount? But I guess that was election night, when it looked like he had won.

    February 16, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Honorable Kansas Vet

    Whine, whine, whine

    February 16, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. horace

    This how republican's act. Wine &Try to bully . Give it up Norm !!

    February 16, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. ropkis

    coleman is a whiner. go home

    February 16, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Bill, ca

    Coleman and McCain should be shipped to Afhanistan.

    February 16, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. tammy

    since when in this country are you a sore loser if you went a fair fight . I say mr. coleman fight , fight , fight. And since I believe you ARE the better man . congrats. also the only losers i have been watching this election is the dems. who have cheated so openly in this process it tells me they are not very AMERICAN.

    February 16, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. gail

    Please someone make it stop!

    February 16, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Charlie in Maine

    Will someone off this Colman guy a book deal or a spot on FOX News so we can seat the real winner and get one step closer to sanity in the Senate.

    February 16, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Of course I meant "offer" apologies

    February 16, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. California Love

    Republicans are becoming more and more irrelevant. The RNC just wants another obstructionist in Washington. If Coleman was really a good senator he would've easily won but he just rubber-stamped George Bush's agenda. Now he's unemployed because of the policies he voted for. Enough said.

    February 16, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Charlie in Maine

    Memo to Norm Closin time. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

    February 16, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Reality Chick

    Oh, Mike- Houston..'tis better to be thought an idiot than to speak and remove all doubt.

    February 16, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Chris

    Unfortunately, Coleman is simply trying to cast doubt on the results. He knows he cannot win the legal challenges, nor can he legitimately win the election. By casting doubt he's hoping for a) a revote, or b) another run in 6 years against what he hopes will be a tainted candidate.

    February 16, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Ellie, MD

    The GOP the ABSOLUTE party of NOs and the party who doesn't understand, YOU LOST very well!!

    The FAT lady has sung for weeks she's turning blue.....

    Get it go Coleman, you lost buddy. You're starting to sound like a girl throwing a hissy fit. LET IT GO!

    February 16, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Harry, IL

    Hey Norm, This country is not fair. Media is not fair. Even CNN is giving more fodder to Al Franken. It is unbelievable. Keep up the fight. We are all behind you. I simply hope and pray that truth will prevail. We do not want this idiot in our society. He is not even fit to be on SNL.

    February 16, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Dylan from MN

    Oh wow, really? Not even close. Unlike Florida we didn't have a Katherine Harris stop the recounting. Here in Minnesota every ballot that was LEGALLY cast, was counted. If you didn't sign your name on your absintee ballot it doesn't count, it even says that on the ballot. Do you even know why you hate Liberals/Progressives/Democrats? All we're trying to do is fix what you guys broke.

    Ray Ray February 16th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

    Funny – all the libs chiding Coleman to "go away" are the same one's saying Bush stole the election!


    February 16, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. skeptic1

    For the love of country Coleman, please recognize that you lost! Republicans lost because not enough people voted for them. Is Coleman too stupid to see that? He lost to a comedian, a comedian with better ideas than he has. Why do so many republicans have to try to win office via the courts, and not via an election? Coleman had his opportunity, and really screwed US. Go away Coleman.

    February 16, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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